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Adobe Captivate

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Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Captivate

Captivate is well suited for technical scenario activities. For example, software simulations where demonstration, practice, and assessment are necessary. Captivate does a very good job of creating simulation type activities compared to other solutions. Captivate also does very well with scoring on assessments. Whether you use clicks or questions to score, Captivate has a great ability to score both types. It is less suited for rapid eLearning development. If your company is looking for a solution to build more traditional eLearning such as click-through presentations with some interactivity and the ability to include multimedia elements, then another solution may be more appropriate. Captivate is a great tool for more advanced developers.
Michael Whatley | TrustRadius Reviewer

HealthStream

HealthStream is a wonderful tool for assigning assessments and evaluating knowledge. The assessments have a large pool of questions to pull from. The exams are timed and will generate a test report at the end of the exam so the clinical team can see what tests were passed and failed. These are helpful in ensuring we know what the nurse needs extra education on. HealthStream would be less suited for education items that would need to be validated in person...skills such as CPR.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Onboarding

Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
8.4
New hire portal
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
8.0
Manager tracking tools
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
8.7
Compliance tracking and reporting
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
8.7

Performance and Goals

Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
6.2
Corporate goal setting
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
6.0
Subordinate goal setting
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
5.1
Individual goal setting
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
6.0
Line-of sight-visibility
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
7.0
Performance tracking
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
7.0

Performance Management

Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
6.8
Performance plans
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
6.5
Plan weighting
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
5.0
Manager note taking
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
5.0
Performance improvement plans
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
7.0
Review status tracking
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
8.0
Rater nomination workflow
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
7.0
Review reminders
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
9.0
Workflow restrictions
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
5.0
Multiple review frequency
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
7.9
Reporting
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
8.0

Succession Planning

Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
6.1
Create succession plans/pools
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
7.0
Candidate ranking
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
5.0
Candidate search
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
5.0
Candidate development
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
7.5

Recruiting / ATS

Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
6.7
Job Requisition Management
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
6.5
Company Website Posting
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
6.5
Publish to Social Media
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
5.0
Job Search Site Posting
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
7.0
Customized Application Form
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
7.5
Resume Management
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
7.5
Duplicate Candidate Prevention
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
6.5
Candidate Search
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
5.5
Applicant Tracking
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
6.5
Collaboration
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
5.0
Task Creation and Delegation
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
6.0
Email Templates
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
7.0
User Permissions
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
7.5
Notifications and Alerts
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
8.0
Reporting
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
8.5

Learning Management

Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
8.0
Course authoring
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
7.2
Course catalog or library
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
7.2
Player/Portal
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
8.7
Learning content
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
7.9
Mobile friendly
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
7.5
Progress tracking & certifications
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
8.5
Assignments
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
8.7
Compliance management
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
9.0
Learning administration
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
8.7
Learning reporting & analytics
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
8.7
Social learning
Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
6.0

Pros

Adobe Captivate

  • Quickly adding in graphics, text, and interactive buttons.
  • Has extensive variables and branching for additional customization, beyond the competition.
  • Has 360 degree capability which competitors don't offer (I have not used this feature).
  • High degree of customization and personalization.
  • True responsive screen display on all devices, viewable as you are creating the training. This is different than some competitors - some just shrink the screen, but Adobe Captivate allows actually removing or moving or changing items at different screen sizes.
  • If you like Flash, it has Flash output, although it's going away in 2020. Personally, I think this is an outdated technology.
  • Many advanced capabilities. I chose this product due to the capabilities.
  • Comes with assets, templates, people, head shots, and full body—excellent.
  • Adobe Captivate is the authoring tool. It integrates with Adobe Captivate Prime - which I highly recommend if you want to truly take advantage of all of its features in reporting, administration, compliance, and social learning. (I didn't use Prime because you essentially need 100+ students to affordably use Prime.) If you look at my chart of what Captivate is capable of, I can't say that Captivate has a lot of the reporting features because they are part of Prime/SCORM, although, with Captivate's customization, you might be able to do most of them if you are up to it, but I did not.
Pam Pierce | TrustRadius Reviewer

HealthStream

  • Reporting. Having the ability to track compliance (and non-compliance) at our fingertips ensures that we are up-to-date with Federal, State, Local and internal policies, requirements and educational initiatives
  • Customization. Developing in-house materials, specific to our variable training needs is a huge plus - HealthStream's commitment to SCORM-ready content since 2011 has made it simple for us to connect, engage and interact with all of our staff and providers.
  • Integration. Allowing us to interface with our HRM/HRIS systems is invaluable. Keeping up with a dynamic workforce, both in terms of retention and attrition, would not be possible without our current interface structures.
Sam Sternman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Adobe Captivate

  • Adobe struggles in its customer support. Knowledgeable Captivate support technicians to teach and troubleshoot would elevate this powerful tool.
  • As mobile learning journeys away from Flash, developing strictly in HTML5 is a becoming a must. Captivate has an HTML5 inspector to review your project for potential flash-based issues, but development in HTML5 only is not as intuitive. I waste valuable time and effort making adjustments after the fact.
  • Many of my SMEs (subject mater experts) submit drafts in PowerPoint. Captivate has a PowerPoint import option, but transforms each slide into an image, removing any ability to edit the content after import. The issue alone is enough to drive me to alternate authoring tools. Unfortunately, we don't have the resources to distribute and teach all of our SMEs to use Captivate.
Relton McBurrows | TrustRadius Reviewer

HealthStream

  • Embedding elearning tutorials into HealthStream can be a bit complicated, and even slow down the site for the end user. In my experience, I found it much easier to just offer a link to the tutorial through the assessment portion.
  • Keeping users synced into the most up-to-date user groups can be a bit tricky. If you create your own student groups, and then these students transfer to a different job role or department, you will manually have to make these changes yourself. A more automated process would be great.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate 8.8
Based on 3 answers
There is no doubt in my mind that we will be using Adobe Captivate for years to come. There are so many uses for the software that we are just scratching the surface. The more we use it, the better it gets. This is a great option for anyone looking for an eLearning authoring tool.
Tracy Ford | TrustRadius Reviewer

HealthStream

HealthStream 9.0
Based on 12 answers
We just can't imagine NOT having HealthStream as it has become such a part of our training system. The per user cost has actually gone down from 3 years ago. However, we are using more courses we have purchased. This allows us to be more efficient with our time and more convenient for the end users. We are considering purchasing other aspects of the system.
Dee Eldardiri | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate 8.0
Based on 2 answers
Adobe Captivate does take some getting used to. There are features that are much more convoluted than they need to be, but overall it is a great product with a some excellent features. Being in a pretty small market, Adobe Captivate and Articulate Storyline dominate the space. They are not the same software, but allow for eLearning authoring. Each has their benefit and their downside, but, for me, Adobe Captivate edges out Storyline.
Tracy Ford | TrustRadius Reviewer

HealthStream

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate 6.7
Based on 30 answers
The support team is good in responding and maintaining communication. Sometimes...well...almost always, you will find yourself having to use a 2nd attempt with more details and easier terminology to get the tech to understand the question or situation. These techs should know English 100% and their product 100% to be on a support team for the USA. I do not get the impression this is true.
John Fester | TrustRadius Reviewer

HealthStream

HealthStream 7.2
Based on 5 answers
I only used HealthStream for a short time, but it wasn’t overly user-friendly or pretty. There were some quirks that I didn’t like, like the quiz builder or uploading lists. Whenever you assigned a group it was difficult to tell and confirm that the assignment went out. Overall I like other systems better.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Adobe Captivate

Adobe Captivate is an okay software program, but it is not something I'd pick over Articulate Storyline or Articulate 360. I only selected Captivate because it was mandatory for my course plus I wanted to explore it to find out how it worked. But after using it, I didn't find it to be as appealing as I thought. It's not a horrible software tool, it has its perks but it's just not as user-friendly as I'd hoped it would be.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

HealthStream

The interface for HealthStream is 1000x better than My Learning. I still struggle to find my assignments and upcoming in person training on My Learning. It is not intuitive and doesn't have a dashboard when you sign on to see everything at once. HealthStream lets me easily see my assignments, their due dates, and any upcoming dates
Taylor Read | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Adobe Captivate

  • Adobe Captivate has helped us lower training costs without the need for external training.
  • The program allowed us to create in house training without the need for third party collaboration.
  • End users could communicate about training needs and Adobe Captivate made it easy to update current training modules.
Bruce Emmerling | TrustRadius Reviewer

HealthStream

  • More efficiency. Easy way to implement training to a larger group of people.
  • Helps to orientate new hires to our organization quicker.
  • Consistency with training messages. We can communicate a method that can be easily adopted and implement across the organization.
LATRESA WITHERSPOON | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Adobe Captivate

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

HealthStream

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Adobe Captivate
7.7
HealthStream
7.9

Likelihood to Renew

Adobe Captivate
8.8
HealthStream
9.0

Usability

Adobe Captivate
8.0
HealthStream

Reliability and Availability

Adobe Captivate
HealthStream
10.0

Support Rating

Adobe Captivate
6.7
HealthStream
7.2

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